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Sexuality Counseling

The Sexuality Counseling track is primarily for healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Professionals are able to provide counseling related to questions about sexual functioning, health, problems as well as provide solid up-to-date information. Participants report that after completing the program, they see a strong increase in referrals of patients with sexual difficulties. Some report that they have a greatly expanded role in sexual counseling in their clinics or agencies. One full year of post-graduate work is required. Throughout the program you will:

  • attend 11 classes
    • 2 four-day sessions at the University of Michigan School of Social Work
    • 2 two-day sessions at the University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • 5 classes offered in web-based learning
  • have the opportunity to earn 165 ACE (social work) CEUs, 165 CMEs, and 165 AASECT CEUs

Application & Fees

Sexuality counselor - $5225.00

The 2017 cohort is now full.

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Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR)

  • Process-oriented seminar using lecture, media, experiential methods, activities, and small group discussions
  • Explores attitudes, values, feelings, and beliefs about sexuality and how these impact their professional interactions.

Core Sexual Health Education (CSHE)

CSHE 1 - Introduction to Sexual Health—Cultural and Biological Underpinnings

  • Sex and Sexuality
  • The foundations of Sexuality in History, Culture, and Religion
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sexuality across the Lifespan 

CSHE 2 - Medical and Developmental Aspects of Sexual Health—A Biopsychosocial Perspective across the Lifespan

  • Menstruation, Conception, Pregnancy/Pregnancy Options, Birth, Menopause
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections & Safer Sex Practices
  • Conditions impacting sexual and reproductive function for men and women - substance abuse, injury/disability, chronic illness, and medication for illness

CSHE 3 - Sexual Health Problems

  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sexual Variations and Disorders
  • Criminal Sexual Behavior
  • Trauma
  • Pornography
  • Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity
  • Sexual Harassment

CSHE 4 - Intimacy and Sexuality in Couples Relationships

  • Patterns - "Hooking Up" to "Getting Hitched"
  • Same Sex Relationships
  • Alternative Lifestyles
  • Love and Attraction
  • Intimacy
  • Common Sexual Challenges in Relationships
  • Couples Therapy for Sexual Challenges

CSHE 5 - The Discipline of Sexology

  • History of Sexual Research
  • Landmark Studies
  • Application of Psychological Theories to Sexual Issues
  • History of Sexual Education in North America
  • Emergence of Sex Therapy as a Specialization
  • Professional Organizations

CSHE 6 - Gender and Sexual Orientation

  • Gender Identity and Roles
  • Sexual Orientation

Advanced Training In Sexuality Counseling And Therapy (ATSCT)

ATSCT 1 - Techniques of Sex-Related Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Psychosexual Disorders in the Current DSM IV-TR

  • Application of models in different settings
  • Principles of interdisciplinary consultation, collaboration, and referral
  • Ethics in the provision of counseling and therapy in sexual health
  • Sexual health interviewing and taking a sexual history in different settings
  • Assessment and brief treatment strategies following Psychosexual Disorders in the DSM IV-TR

ATSCT 2 - Theory and Methods of Sex-Related Counseling and Psychotherapy - Couple and Individual Approaches

  • Theory and methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems, integration of sexuality counseling/sex therapy and couples therapy
  • Sex therapy/sexuality counseling and desire phase problems, sexual aversion, disorders of sexual development, and trauma-related sexual difficulties
  • Treatment of compulsive sexual behavior and atypical sexual behavior 

ATSCT 3 - Theory and method of assessment and treatment of psychosexual disorders related to chronic illness

  • Sexual counseling and sex therapy with medically related sexual problems - techniques and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Treating sexual health problems in the presence of chronic illness and lifespan challenges

ATSC 4 - Advanced sexuality counselor techniques

  • Theory and methods of approach to sexuality counseling in a variety of clinical settings
  • Specific techniques tailored to brief office practice in both ongoing and intermittent counseling situations
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